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Intellectual Property: Patents and Trademarks

This Guide to Intellectual Property Resources will guide you to more information both here in the U.S. and worldwide. There are major sections below for the traditional categories of intellectual property: patents, trademarks and copyright.


Patents and Trademarks

US Patent and Trademark Office - The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is the agency within the Department of Commerce charged with implementing the US patent and trademark system. Their Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ page is available here. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a network of Patent and Trademark Resource Centers(PTRCs) with the resources to assist inventors with conducting both a preliminary patent or novelty search and a Federal trademark search(visit it here). An Oklahoma PTRC is at OSU in Stillwater. Full-text utility, design, and plant patents with images are available back to 1790! A recent resource available from PTO is a link including all editions and all revisions (1948-) of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure.

European Patent Office - The European Patent Office is a centralized patent grant agency established by the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC) signed in Munich 1973. A list of the participating nations can be found here.

United Kingdom Patent Office

British Library's Patent Information. One of the world's best resources for obtaining copies of patents and other forms of intellectual property.

Eurasian Patent Organization - The Eurasian Patent Organization is composed of members of the former Soviet Union.

International Federation of Inventors Association - This is a commercial site dedicated to aspiring inventors.


  • Chisum on patents : a treatise on the law of patentability, validity, and infringement by Donald S. Chisum. Online on LexisNexis.


  • McCarthy on trademarks and unfair competition by J. Thomas McCarthy. Online on Westlaw.


  • Patent law fundamentals by John Gladstone, et. al. Online on Westlaw


  • Intellectual property and unfair competition in a nutshell by Charles R. McManis. Online on West Academic.


  • Intellectual property; patents, trademarks, and copyright in a nutshell by Arthur Miller and Michael Davis.Online on West Academic.


  • "Federal patent and trademark law," by Harold F. See [Chapter 11] in Specialized legal research, edited by Penny Hazelton, 2014 ed. Location: MLIC Ready Reference, Call No. KF 240 .S69 2014.